Hope for a Breakthrough in the Middle East

Friday, August 01, 2014

A rescue worker and residents carry an injured man following a reported air strike by Syrian government forces on July 27, 2014 in the northern city of Aleppo. (ZEIN AL-RIFAI/AFP/Getty)

A 72-hour ceasefire between Israeli forces and Palestinian militants was meant to start over night, but lasted just a few hours.

It remains unclear as to who broke the suspension of hostilities first, but reports have emerged that an Israeli soldier was abducted, and 27 Palestinians were killed since the pause was put into effect.

Hundreds of thousands in Gaza are now displaced, and millions more are displaced because of regional turmoil in Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, and Egypt. And yet, David Miliband, president and CEO of the International Rescue Committee, believes this is an opportune moment to put a stop to the suffering and end the violence.

Miliband served as British Foreign Secretary from 2007 to 2010. He recently co-wrote a piece with former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleline Albright, touting a potential "humanitarian breakthrough" in Foreign Policy magazine. He explains why he believes a new United Nations negotiator, and his proposal for a humanitarian lifeline in Syria, could alter the direction of the conflict. 


David Miliband

Hosted by:

Todd Zwillich

Produced by:

Jillian Weinberger


T.J. Raphael

Comments [4]

Ray from Hornchurch, Essex

Is David's definition of 'peace' the proposition that Hamas cease hostilities and Israel settle back into illegally occupied lands, illegal settlements and Palestinians subjected to the demeaning, inhuman treatment that has become their lifestyle? There are 1.8 million Palestinians reduced to living in Gaza with movement of people, supplies and provisions restricted, and have been for the last 8 years. A virtual prison subject entirely to the dictates of Israel. Some peace!! Israel was created as a result of 'terrorist' activities - the Stern gang, etc - by UN resolution. The only one they have ever honoured. They have defied 65; other countries in the region have been subject to tough action after defying only one or two. Equality of treatment and dignity for all - based on withdrawal from illegally occupied lands and a two state settlement. Things that Israel will never concede while being provided with substantial aid from the US to defend with bullying military might!

Aug. 02 2014 01:48 PM
oscar from ny

..its funny how you can talk to every individual in this earth and only about ten thousand will be able to influence half the world with something I call invisible knowledge ..the one when they lie after lie after lie which manifest itself and give rise to this monstrous infamia and evil that rules the earth and commands..but in the midst of all these kindomship of Satan there is unknown by the lord his people who watch and discern
What is happening and we call, help, provoke just like the people of Satan call on their king we also call our king who the lord of the universe has put in charge and named Jesus, him and his crew from the heavens will provide everything you want..but will ask you why were you cheap and evil and held back things given to you..that shame or burned will not go away when you reach heaven...

Aug. 01 2014 03:24 PM

While I think your proposition that there be an Iron Dome for the Palestinians deserves reflection, Peg, it seems to miss the nature of the grievances, so far as I understand them. Firstly, the Palestinian, specifically the Hamas position is not a defensive one. They have no defensive agenda. They have at least two stated purposes: open the borders; destroy Israel. What is the Iron Dome that Hamas can realistically employ, then? It is to stop offensive attacks on Israel. If Hamas stops firing rockets, there will be peace. If Israel stops firing rockets, it will be over-run.

Aug. 01 2014 09:47 AM

How about an Iron Dome for the Palestinians too? It works for the Isrealies and may be a cheaper solution for Palestinian civilians. Why wouldn't it work?

Aug. 01 2014 09:12 AM

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